By CRF editor, Aug 31 2018 05:48PM
Calcutta Rescue's education programme operates on a shoestring budget out of a cramped former brothel in a red-light district, teaching hundreds of youngsters growing up in some of Kolkata’s worst slums.
But the outstanding work of the team at Calcutta Rescue has been hailed by the cream of West Bengal’s educational elite when they lifted two trophies at the state’s most prestigious school awards - The annual Telegraph School Awards for Excellence.
They beat five other shortlisted schools - four of them leading fee-paying schools - to win the A School That Cares award for the most caring school in 2018.
The charity’s founder Dr Jack Preger was also inducted into The Telegraph Education Foundation Hall of Fame - a rare honour reserved for the state’s greatest educators.
Ananya Chatterjee, who taught at the prestigious Delhi Public School before taking over Calcutta Rescue’s educational programme last year, said after the awards ceremony: “ When the children were receiving rounds of applause, I had goose bumps. I know the ins and outs of each one of my students who performed on stage; therefore, I know how tough their lives are!”
The awards for educational excellence come within days of the Calcutta Rescue purchasing a large old house in the Hedua area in North Kolkata so that we can finally move our school out of a dingy and cramped former brothel in nearby Girsh Park. We plan to refurbish the building over the coming year so the youngsters can study in an uplifting and safe environment, one which will help them develop to their full potential.